When World War II ended in Europe, Grand Admiral Donetz radioed all of the German U-Boats at sea to cease hostilities and surrender the boats at the nearest port controlled by the Allies. Most of the boats were either scuttled or surrendered. One well-known exception was U-977 that had left the coast of Norway on a combat patrol two days prior to the order to surrender. Its skipper decided that he would rather be interned in Argentina rather than to surrender and be a POW. U-977 was equipped with the newly installed snorkel so it was able to stay submerged for 66 days until it came up off the African Coast near the Cape Verde Islands to allow the crew to be able to leave the boat for a short rest. They then proceeded to cruise all the way to Argentina, where the boat and crew were interned. This created the idea of a fictional submarine, U-724, that makes a similar attempt but for a very different reason. That leads to an adventure sixty years later by a small U.S. Navy crew working for the Office of Naval Intelligence.
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About the Author
Following retirement, he began a second career as a writer working as a columnist for a local newspaper with a weekly column in the Sunday edition. He began writing short stories and poetry, and self-published the chapbook Limericks and Other Stuff. He also has had some short stories in national magazines, and one story in Chicken Soup for a Wine Lover’s Soul. His memoir, Rube: Memoir of a Soldier was done with a limited printing for members of the family. In 2004, his older brother died. He was a research meteorologist whose specialty was Antarctica and where the Australian Government named Mount Rubin in his honor. Harry wrote a biography to honor him with the title, A Weatherman for All Seasons – The Life of Morton J. Rubin. It too was a limited printing for members of the family, a few of his brother’s scientific colleagues, and a dozen or so university libraries and archives where his scientific articles and monographs were on file.
Chasing Pirates was Harry’s first novel. He got the idea when he read about pirates attacking cruising yachts off the coast of Yemen in Cruising World Magazine. The Counterfeit War is his second novel and it came as a result of reading about the prevalence of counterfeit paper money that resulted in the establishment of the Secret Service. Local history in Savannah is full of material about the nuclear bomb dropped in 1958 off the coast in Wassau Sound and Harry decided to write a contemporary novel about it. The result was the third novel in the trilogy, The Missing Bomb. The fourth novel in the series is U-Boat Secret Mission and its inspiration came as a result of reading about the May 1945 historic cruise of the U977. The fifth novel is still festering in the back of his mind.
A widower, Harry has three daughters, two grandsons, and now lives i